Monday, May 9, 2011

2011 Albany Tulip Festival

It was a fabulous Mother's Day and hubbs and I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating it. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we headed off to the Albany Tulip Festival and on our way home, stopped and had a fantastic dinner at one of our favorite places to fill our bellies; The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy NY. (Of course, I've got pics of the amazing food we had, as well as the photos from Tulip Fest!)

The day started out quite sunny with the promise of some mild temperatures, but by the time we hit Washington Park, the clouds had come rolling in and the breeze was a tad on the cool side. (Hubby was happy that he took my suggestion and brought a sweatshirt) We had a great time in spite of the change in the weather and the sun did make an occasional appearance.

We stopped briefly at the Amphitheater to watch a couple of minutes of the "Mother of the Year" awards ceremony and headed on to get a glimpse at the tulips.  The winner this year was a lady by the name of Juliann Urbanski from Stillwater NY.  She was nominated by her loving hubby Joe for her dedication to their own family and others, including her work with Ronald McDonald House. (RMH is quite dear to our hearts. They're an incredible resource for families going through some of the most traumatic experiences that anyone can go through. They will always have our undying gratitude and support.)

Juliann Urbanski and her daughters via The Times Union

The photos that I took were not the best that I've ever taken, but I used my new camera and I'm still learning all of it's features and little subtleties, so I apologize for the less than stellar quality of the following....

The heady (and I'm told, nap inducing) perfume of these lilacs were the first thing that hit us as we got out of the car.

I have quite a few more photos of the flowers and the Festival, but these were the pics that turned out the best. I might post a few more at another time. I'll be posting all about the meal we had at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que tomorrow or Wednesday. (with photos)  Stop by and check it out!  Just make sure you have a towel or napkin handy, because if you love "Q" like we do, you'll be drooling all over your keyboard!


  1. Congratulations on being featured!!! I'm so happy for you!

    Those pictures are stunning! I love all of the beautiful tulips.

    And I cannot wait to see the BBQ pics--you know I love me some BBQ! lol

  2. That sounds like a wonderful weekend. We have a tulip festival in a town about 1.5 hours away--Pella. I've never been to it, but would love to go next year.

  3. Your pictures are amazing, the colors are so vivid..Great Shots!
    I am so happy you had a great weekend and I hope you have a wonderful week!
    I may be off the net for awhile because my 'puter has to go to the hospital for a few days!

  4. Those photos remind me of the tulip festival in Holland, MI every May. Ah... old times.

  5. Oh wow, those photos are gorgeous...well, I guess I should say those flowers!
    ~Naila Moon

  6. What gorgeous flowers and congrats on your being featured :-)

  7. Congrats on being featured that is awesome!

    And I would have been in my glory at a Tulip Festival.. beautiful pics my friend!

  8. Love the photos. Glad you had a marvelous Mother's Day.

  9. TFV: Thanks sweetie! Yes, I do know you are a serious "Q" lover! I think you'd be on cloud none at the Dinosaur. The Brisket is to. die. for. Pretty darned good for a bunch of yanks! LOL

    Sue: Thank you! I hope you can make it to your local festival next year. Being the outdoor and gardening person you are, I think you'd really enjoy it! Most of the men (including mine) were loving the bazillion food vendors while the ladies were perusing the arts & crafts. I bet Bud would be right there with them!

    Shawn: I'm so sorry that your puter is sick. Isn't it funny how you suddenly realize what a pain it can be not having all of your "stuff" right at hand? Hope it's all better soon!

    Robin: Thanks! I bet if you wore a really good pair of sunglasses and the day wasn't too sunny, you could enjoy one of these again. Most bigger cities have some kind of Spring festival, so there's probably one not too far away.

    Naila Moon: Thanks! And thanks again to you and Tamirisc for featuring me! I think Mother Nature's colors are sometimes even more vibrant on a day that's a bit overcast.

    Cate: Thank you my dear! I hope all is going well for you with school. (and that you don't have to endure any more of those grueling PE/PT tests! - Yikes!)

    Kelly L: Thanks! And thank you for following back! Don't worry about the time frame... I'm just happy that you stopped by to say hello!

    Tracy: Aahhh yes! This is most definitely your cup of tea! Plus, there was a craft fair on one side of the park and an arts fair on the other. Tulips and shopping all rolled into one! Now, that's a little slice of Heaven, no?

    CW: Thanks! It really was a lovely day and as you'll see by the new post, a lovely dinner to top it all off!


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